Tulsa, Okla. – SMG Tulsa recently presented a day of educational training focused on risk mitigation and emergency preparedness for a variety of venues and crowd sizes, and the event was attended by over 250 event professionals and first responders. The event featured representatives from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Department of Homeland Security, BOK Center, Tulsa Police Department, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Cox Business Center.

“It’s tempting to think it won’t happen here or it can never happen in Tulsa, but that’s not the case,” said SMG Tulsa General Manager Jeff Nickler. “We’re being proactive as a community and coming together to train and learn so Tulsa is prepared.”

The event began with an overview of safety concerns and measures unique to the city and its Arena District. The “Safety of the City” presentation featured SMG Tulsa General Manager Nickler and Assistant General Manager Kerry Painter, CVE, CEM, CMP, in a sit-down interview Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan.

The following sessions – “Situational Awareness (Risk Mitigation through Guest Service Interjection),” “Active Threat / Active Shooter Overview,” and “Trained Crowd Manager”– featured IAVM Director of Education Mark Herrera, Paul Villotti, PE, Director of Life Safety, Henderson Engineering, and Glenn Moore, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. IAVM provided a live-stream of the three training session on its Facebook page. The event was also covered locally by  News On 6, KTUL, and FOX 23.

SMG Tulsa GM Jeff Nickler (L) and AGM Kerry Painter (R) interview Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan (C) at the SMG Tulsa hosted Venue Safety Event.